Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Anniversary and Commity Day!

October 10th is a Great day in my family...first and foremost because it is the day my parents got married.They had a great marriage full of love and commitment.  Even though my mom passed away I still think of this day and their love and the many silly anniversary dinners and decorations I used to make as a kid.  It will always be a good day to me.
This year...the banner day also marks the day our Dossier is reviewed IN Colombia.  Yes, that means a few things have happened and blogging the when and how makes me hope that in retrospect I will be able to remember and relate the process.

Keeping in mind we filed on January first of 2016 with all our completed paperwork for the application and homestudy...this is where we are at after ten months.

Homestudy Delay: 
Sadly, our homestudy took a lot longer than they predicted.  Not only was it not 3 to 4 months, it was almost six. Yup, six months.  This is for a lot of reasons, none of which have to do with us. First and foremost our agency did not seem to be that on top of things. They lost the referral letters somehow and retequested for them.  Several folks we asked to do them contacted us and told us they had been asked again. They were worried they had somehow done it wrong, but nope.  The agency just lost them and didn't really admit it to us or them.  Strike one.
Strike two was they failed to send the background check paperwork in a timely manner. It took them almost 8 weeks from our application to actually get those out.  Not so good when it will takes to get back from each state.
Strike 3 was our Psychology report. Our doctor was a sweetheart who also homeschooled and was just a joy to talk to.  Even now, when we see him around he asks if we have any updates on the Adoption. He is excited for us too!! Sadly, no one told us that this needed to be included in the homestudy. We would have started it sooner had we known that. We did not. That might not have been the biggest deal, but then our Doctor was taken very ill and it was delayed another couple weeks between that and changes to wording our agency wanted.
Color us frustrated. Our personal expectation was that our whole Dossier with homestudy would be submitted by June...we didn't even get the Homestudy portion until JULY!! We then had to have it apostilled for Colombia.

Dossier submission and Translation!! 
Finally, with the receipt of our Homestudy we were able to have it Apostilled and submitted the whole thing to our agency for translation in August while we applied for Immigration.  Bones and I started a Novena to pray for the progress of it all.  The day after we finished our Novena we got our Immigration approval back.  Score!!!   That was a real plus!!

We then of course had to go though the lovely process of getting a statement from us notarized saying the Government form is what we say it is. Then send that to the Government for an apostille to validate that we validated that what they sent us is real.   SERIOUSLY YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!! It's mind boggling the money and time wasted to say what the GOVERNMENT sent us is real and we say it is and they agree.

I do fully understand the need to protect children and the legalities involved in adoption.  The forms and notaries and apostilles get old.  I understand why they exist.  The last one, however, seems like the most extreme example of overkill in the whole process thus far.  You have to laugh at the redundancy your you'd go insane.

Submission to Colombia:
We finally know our full Dossier with translation and immigration approval was sent to Colombia

Nov 2015-  Officially decide to go for International Adoption in Colombia and finalize our Agency choice.
Jan 1st 2016- Contract with both our Homestudy Agency and Our adoption Agency.  We sent them all paperwork at the same time and started compiling Documents.
Jan- April  A whole lot of fingerprints and responding to extra questions or getting apostilles.
July -1st- Finally Receive Notarized Homestudy and turn it around in mail to get apostilled.
July 13th- Mail Immigration Paperwork,
August 15th - Immigration Approval Received
September 16th-  Dossier and Translation Officially Shipped to Colombia
October 10th- Our Dossier is scheduled to be reviewed by the Commity in Colombia  (last update was we would not hear anything after this for at least a couple weeks)

Baring any problems...We now wait for our Referral!!!

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